Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS): This is a less common option. There are fewer surgeons who do this type of surgery because it's tougher. PNS involves placing the leads on any peripheral nerve...generally any nerve at all that is giving you pain. This could include the trigeminal, auriculotemporal, or any branch of the occipital nerve, for example. Incisions are made close to the nerve being stimulated, wherever that may be. Surgeries like this are harder because there are many blood vessels in the head and not a lot of room to work. So just because a surgeon says he does occipital nerve stimulation does not mean he does peripheral nerve stimulation. I just want to be clear about that.
I thought this was a topic worth clarifying for anyone researching surgeons for one of these stimulators. That was you can use the proper terminology to make sure you and your doctor are on the same page. If your surgeon only does ONS but you think you'd be better off with PNS, find another surgeon. People seem to have a loyalty to their doctor(s), often based on nothing substantial, and you have to give that up to do what is best for yourself. If you're going to get something implanted in your body, you might as well get one that does you the most good.